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On August 21, 2019, the Abbeville Police Department responded to a call near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and S. Guegnon Street. The call began the investigation into the homicide of Jacoby Lee of Abbeville. As a result of the investigation, one of the persons arrested in connection to the homicide was that of Jamie Vallery of Abbeville. Vallery was arrested on the charge of Principal to 2nd Degree Murder. Vallery, after his bond had been reduced, was able to bond out of jail on the charge. One month after bonding out, Vallery was arrested for a misdemeanor charge and bonded out on that charge. Vallery was ordered to and failed to appear for several court appearances.
Detectives received information that Vallery had been arrested in Naples, Florida on narcotics charges. Detectives were able to secure an arrest warrant for Vallery for Out of State Bail Jumping. Vallery was eventually extradited for the charge. On January 19, 2021 officers of the Abbeville Police Department traveled to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Naples, Florida, where he was arrested on that warrant. Officers then transported Vallery back to Abbeville, where he was booked and transported to the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center.
On July 30, 2020 officers with the Abbeville Police Department investigated a drive-by shooting. As a result of that investigation, officers were able to secure an arrest warrant for Kolby Mitchell of Abbeville. Mitchell was charged with the following:
· Attempted 1st Degree Murder by Drive-By Shooting
· Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies
· Principal to Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities
· Obstruction of Justice
Mitchell’s information was entered into the N.C.I.C. database. Near Corpus Christie, Texas, the United States Border Patrol made contact with Mitchell, not knowing who Mr. Mitchell was. Once agents ran his name, the agents placed Mitchell under arrest for the warrants. Mr. Mitchell was held at the Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office in Kingsville, Texas. Mitchell was extradited for the charges. On January 22, 2021 officers traveled to Kingsville, Texas where he was arrested on the warrants. Mitchell was transported back to Abbeville, where he was booked and transported to the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center.
Chief Spearman would like to commend the officers on a job well done. Chief Spearman would also like to remind all of the citizens that we are there, 24 hours a day, to serve you. We encourage all of our citizens to stay vigilant and contact us if you need. In addition to dialing 911, you can contact us at 893-2511. You may contact our “Tips” line at 892-6777. All callers may remain anonymous. Citizens may also send anonymous tips through the Tip411 system at the department’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AbbevillePolice Department/, the official web page at www.abbevillepd.com by clicking on the “Submit a Tip” link provided or through the official Abbeville Police Department app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.